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The rain has been keeping us mostly indoors for the last few days, but between the much needed showers in California, I found some time to chase Suki around using Fuji’s new Classic Chrome setting on the X100T. Some of the results actually remind me of the last roll of Portra I ran through my M3:
I’ve been using the Canon G1 X Mark II as my primary grab and go digital camera for the last few months. My initial impressions were already pretty favorable, and I’m happy to say that it’s grown on me even more now that I’ve been shooting with it for a while.
It probably won’t dethrone my all time favorite digital camera, but it’s got a well deserved place in the camera bag:
All Images: Canon G1 X Mark II | VSCO
I totally love the Olympus OM-D. The Pana-Leica 25mm, Olympus 12 and 45mm M. Zuiko primes, and the body itself all fit in my camera bag with plenty of room to spare, so I can take the entire kit wherever I go.
The OM-D checks a lot of the right boxes. Fast, responsive, quiet, well-built, small, light, good-looking. It’s weather-sealed, has a great tilt and swivel touch screen, an awesome EVF, plenty of physical control points, plenty of amazing lenses to choose from, and the new 5-axis stabilization works so well it’s scary.
Grainy-Filmy look brought to you by VSCO (Kodak Portra 800). Black and whites are out of camera. I’m really looking forward to logging more time with this system.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 | 12mm f/2 | 25mm f/1.4 | 45mm f/1.8
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G | 5 sec, f/1.4, ISO 5000
After a grueling 16 hour drive from San Francisco, we stopped about half an hour from Grand Canyon National Park and stayed the night. The sun had already set before we could get to the Canyon, but we headed out there anyway to check out a star party by the park’s visitor center. There were tons of astronomers there with their large telescopes pointed skyward, and people lined up to take a close look at different celestial bodies. The most memorable view was seeing Saturn with its rings and moons. You can see high-resolution images of Saturn from NASA’s image archives of course, but there’s something so amazing about being able to see the planet with your own eyes.
One thing we city folk never see is a sky full of stars, since their feint glow is drowned out by light pollution. For the first time in years we looked skyward during the night and were in complete awe. Can’t remember the last time I could see an arm of the milky way in the sky! Taking a break from the star party, I set my D700 up on a tripod out in an area away from any ambient light. I could barely even see my hand in front of my face it was so dark! The large aperture of the 24mm f/1.4 together with a really high ISO brought out more stars than you could see with the naked eye.
After the star shots were done, I benched the D700 for the rest of the trip. It’s too big and heavy to carry around all day, so everything from here forward is all X100. Oh, and because I’m lazy, on vacation, and want to keep up with these blog posts throughout the week, I’ll be in JPEG for the entire trip:
Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/11, ISO 200
The next morning we headed back to the Canyon. Conveniently, we had to drive through it to get to our next destination, so we stopped at different vista points along the way to take some snaps. Would have loved to get there at sunrise or sunset to get some dramatic light in my images, but when you’re traveling (and not necessarily for the purpose of photography), your schedule doesn’t always allow it. So we found ourselves viewing the canyon in great light for human eyes, “meh” light for a camera.
Fuji X100 | 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO 200
It was still incredibly awe-inspiring. A picture can do no justice to how massive the canyon is. The image above has no point of reference for scale, so it’s hard to get a sense of the canyon’s size.
Fuji X100 | 1/220 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 (flash fired)
Fuji X100 | 1/300 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 (flash fired)
No diving! Taking a peak over the edge of this cliff can give you some serious vertigo if you fear heights. Including these foreground elements (leaves, the cliff’s edge) gives you a little more scale, but watch what happens when you stick a person in the frame:
Fuji X100 | 1/550 sec, f/9, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/340 sec, f/5, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/320 sec, f/5, ISO 400
Fuji X100 | 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO 200
I really wish I could have had Suki with me on the trip. Can you imagine the epic-ness of a shot of her with a backdrop like this!? Oh well, I had to settle for my goofy friend here =P
On one of the stops there was a watchtower. Climbing to the top gives you sweeping views of the canyon:
When we were done there, it was time to get back into the car and continue our trek, but not before I grabbed one more pano:
This is a 180 degree motion panorama straight from the X100. I’ve been really interested in trying this feature, and what more perfect place to test it than the Grand Canyon? You simply set the camera to the motion pano drive mode, choose an angle (either 120 or 180 degrees), choose one of four directions you wish to sweep the camera, fire the shutter, and sweep over the scene. The camera automatically stitches the series of images it captures into one high-resolution pano. The X100 is not the only camera out there that can do this, but I’m impressed with Fuji’s implementation. Click here for a larger version of the above on my website, or just click the image above.
Is the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC sharp at f/2.8? Mine is. Focus accuracy is good too, so I must have nabbed a good copy. It does tend to vignette more than I’d like at f/2.8, but I can live with it.
I just realized that Suki is two years old as of last month. She’s a completely different dog than when she was a puppy. She’s independent, yet obedient and affectionate. She loves everyone she meets, human or dog (though the last time she met a rabbit, she turned into “Hunting Wolf”). She’s completely exceeded my expectations not only for her breed but for dog ownership too (she’s our first). I never thought I’d love an animal so much!
I love keeping my camera with me at all times, but I can’t always lug my tripod around. That’s why the constant f/2.8 maximum aperture coupled with vibration control in my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC zoom lens makes a killer combination for shooting hand-held in low light.
I took the night shot above on the way home from work a couple nights ago. I stopped to park near this old highschool (that will soon be shut down incidentally), and was drawn by the warm amber light in the archway. I love how the light’s warm glow mixed with the dusky blue sky. Using a variable aperture zoom at this focal length, or even a constant aperture zoom without vibration control would have forced me to use a much higher ISO and would have made this shot very difficult if not impossible to capture without a tripod.
This shot is not as sharp as it could be, but considering that I took it from the passenger seat of a car that is just starting to move away from a stop light, I can accept the results. Of course, shooting wide open doesn’t give me the most ideal, razor-sharp results I get from shooting in the Tamron’s f/5.6-f/11 range, but I love the flexibility that the wide aperture gives me in combination with the highly effective VC, a major reason I chose this lens over Nikon’s very expensive 17-55mm f/2.8.